Regular readers of this blog may be aware of a community’s fight against the imposition of a mosque in an area where it is not wanted and where it is not suitable. The people of South Woodford have been fighting for many months against an Islamic group that wanted a very dominating building. There was also much dishonesty and obfustication from the ‘mosque-e-teers’ about parking, access, opening times and about the numbers of people who would be using the planned building. We’ve also seen non-Muslim Quislings, such as a retired social worker, brought in to sing the praises of this mosque, even though they do not live in the immediate area that would be afflicted by this mosque.
Now at last, the plans have been finally thrown out by the local authority, the London Borough of Redbridge. The ‘mosque-e-teers’ of the Qu’rani Murkaz Trust, will probably come back for another go, but this is the second time that their plans have been rejected.
The local newspaper the Ilford Recorder said:
“The latest planning application for the redevelopment of the South Woodford Community Centre Mosque has been rejected after only one councillor voted in favour of the plans.
Of the six-man panel, four councillors voted against the redevelopment, in Mulberry Way, citing issues with “the size and the bulk of the building” as Cllr Michael Stark (Conservative, Monkhams) concluded at the meeting at Sir James Hawkey Hall, in Broomfield Road, last night.
Before voting Cllr Robin Turbefield (Con, Bridge) and Cllr Gwyneth Deakins (Liberal Democrat, Roding) both stressed the need to separate any issues with the planning application from the work which the mosque does for the surrounding area.
Cllr Turbefield said: “First of all, I would like to say what a wonderful job the centre does but that does not come into my mind when deciding on this.
“The building does need updating. I have some concerns as I have done before on the height.”
Cllr Deakins added the planning application was an improvement on the last planning application which was rejected in December, but put forward concerns on traffic and parking to the planning committee.
“If these issues are not mentioned they will become an elephant in the room,” she added.”
This is a victory for all those locals who have had their lives disrupted by the activities of the current building that is being used as a mosque and have lost business due to inconsiderate parking and and other disturbances. They have been rightly worried that this purpose-built mosque would have made these existing problems even worse.
Latest Ilford Recorder story
Elsewhere from here on the South Woodford mosque imposition
Previously when the mosque was busted